Mark Stephenson

Visual artist and designer

Hi there! 👋

Welcome. I'm Mark Stephenson, a designer, painter and installation artist based in Ottawa Canada. This website is mostly about my art but if you would like to know more about my work in Product design, UX, UI and Graphic design please connect with me on LinkedIn.

My experience as a UX (user experience) designer and art blend together to form many of my personal projects. For example;  in the ‘SocialPortraits’ series I was curious about our online vs. in person personas and explored that by painting online profile pics in physical paint, photographing them, sharing them back onto social media. I then completed the circle by bringing the online engagement experience into the gallery setting by allowing visitors to physically comment and add reactions alongside the pieces.

In another project called ‘M’, I was out to engage a community through a shared installation experience where the viewers manipulated the physical “pixels” of a portrait painting to create countless permutations.


During the day I'm the Chief Designer at Pagecloud, an tech startup in Ottawa that is out to revolutionize the way we create web sites (like this one). If you haven't used the Pagecloud website builder, you should!

You can check me out LinkedIn for more about my design work.

Evenings & weekends

It's important to give back to your community, I focus my volunteer efforts towards creating a prosperous environment for arts and culture in Ottawa.


Figureworks, Past President

Figureworks is an international annual juried art prize and celebration of the art of the human form held in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. Our mission at Figureworks is to cultivate and exhibit art of the human form. Visit Figureworks


Kanata Art Club, Life drawing studio coordinator

I coordinate the booking of models, life drawing sessions along with studio setup.


Kanata Civic Art Gallery

As of 2024 I've become a member of the Kanata Civic Art Gallery and occasionally have work on display.

2500 Campeau Dr.Kanata, Ontario, Canada

Exhibition history

Juried and Curated:


Ottawa Art Gallery – Part and Parcel

Figureworks Finalists Alumi Popup – Wallack Galleries

Arts Network Ottawa - Selections 2018

CSArt Group Show at Art House

Ottawa Art Gallery – Annex Gallery

All Hands on Deck at Beyond the Pale Brewing 



CSArt M Installation + Solo show    

Foyer Gallery (Artist-run gallery, juried)    

Social Portraits at City of Ottawa Trinity Gallery



Figureworks (juried by Tom Campbell, Stephen Frew and Katherine McNenly)

AOE Selections (juried)

Artwork at Ottawa Art Gallery Rental & Sales (juried)

EBA (Enriched Bread Artists) Open Studio group show

CSArt Ottawa 2016/17 Season Visual Artist (curated by Megan Monafu and CSArt board, paid fees)

Firefly, Maker Fair Ottawa

AOE Artinis‍ showcased artist (live painting)

Pop-up gallery and live painting Social Portraits, Art School Fair    

Hit and Run, La Petit Mort

Live Painting, Hintonburg Happening



Patrick Gordon Group Show (curated by Patrick Gordon)

Figureworks (juried by Katherine McNenly, Shahla Bahrami and Joël A. Prévost)

Chinatown Remixed - Social Portraits

EROS, Arbor Gallery (curated by John Olsthoorn)

Firefly, Maker Fair Ottawa



AOE Selections - Jury Choice Award for oil portrait ‘Pondering’ (juried)

Figureworks (juried by Kristy Gordon, Andrew Morrow and Mat Dubé)

The List installation, Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau (curated by Megan Smith)

Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau HipsterMonocle (curated by Megan Smith)

Live painting, Hintonburg Happening After Party



Figureworks (juried by Brian Smith, Rosemary Breault-Landry and Pamela Cockcroft-Laserre)  

Firefly Installation, Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau (curated by Megan Smith)    

HipsterMonocle, Creative Cities Summit in Ottawa (curated by ArtEngine)

Winner of the 2013 Art Battle Ottawa Championship & participation in nationals at the AGO



2022: OAC Luck

2018: OAC Luck

2018: All Hands on Deck

2017: OAC Luck

2016: OAC Luck

2015: OAC Luck, SAW Gallery Sketch, SweetHeARTs - Fundraiser for Carleton University AHGSS

2014: SAW Gallery Sketch

2013: OAC Luck


Grants and other Funding:

2017:    Articipate Grant for Social Potraits Exhibition at the Trinity Gallery

2016: Crowdfunding campaign (~10K) to help support the Social Portraits series    

2016: CSArt Grant for 2016-17 Season

2014: OAC (Ontario Arts Council) Emerging Media Arts Grant (10K) for Firefly V2

2013: Awesome Ottawa Grant (1K)



Illusion Magazine (online) Fine Art Nude Photography and Painting on ello    

CTV Morning Interview (    

Variety of articles in Ottawa Citizen, Metro and Apt 613 related to Social Portraits    

Artist Spotlight on Faison-ici (

Strokes of Genius 8: Expressive Texture Book (jurried competition, book published by Artists Network)    

Ottawa Arts Review Magazine - Drawing ‘a dash of red’ on front cover

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